Racialization and religion : race, culture and difference in the study of antisemitism and Islamophobia

Meer, Nasar (2013) Racialization and religion : race, culture and difference in the study of antisemitism and Islamophobia. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 36 (3). pp. 385-398. ISSN 0141-9870

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Abstract

It is striking to observe the virtual absence of an established literature on race and racism in the discussion of Islamophobia; something that is only marginally more present in the discussion of antisemitism. This special issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies locates the contemporary study of antisemitism and Islamophobia squarely within the fields of race and racism. As such it problematizes the extent to which discussion of the racialization of these minorities remains unrelated to each other, or is explored in distinct silos as a series of internal debates. By harnessing the explanatory power of long-established organizing concepts within the study of race and racism, this special issue makes a historically informed, theoretical and empirical contribution to aligning these analytical pursuits.